Thursday, April 30, 2015

Valencia, España, Photos ~ April 21-28, 2015

My Hotel
NH Las Artes

Another View of the Hotel

Next are views from my balcony/terraza
on the 10th Floor












Next are photos of the
Ciudad de Las Artes y Las Ciencias







Monedero dimite de la dirección de Podemos tras criticar la estrategia

Pablo Iglesias, en Madrid este jueves. / Claudio Álvarez / Atlas

Juan Carlos Monedero dejó este jueves la dirección de Podemos, donde desde el nacimiento de la formación desempeñó un papel clave como ideólogo e impulsor del proyecto. Lo hizo horas después de lanzar, con tono amargo y ostensible decepción, unas críticas a la estrategia política actual -compartidas por muchos simpatizantes y algunos cargos- que reflejan en su opinión un distanciamiento del espíritu fundacional del partido y que certifican la existencia de discrepancias en la cúpula. El profesor de Políticas de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid las calificó de “debate de ideas” y pidió que no se traduzcan en “choque agónico”.

Continuar leyendo

JG: todo paraece indicar que Podemos es en estos momentos un partido politico a la deriva. Algunos dicen que ha caido del segundo lugar al cuarto lugar para las elecciones municipales y autonomicas del 24 de Mayo. Que pena.

Priero de Mayo, 2015:
Pablo Iglesias, tras la dimisión de Monedero: 'No afectará a las elecciones. Porque no'
http://www.elmundo.es/espana/2015/05/01/5543456522601d62658b4580.html

Yankee shithead who does not know much about Cuba

April 4, 2015

ALAN SEWELL

Once the Commies go down for the count, Havana will become a showcase of prosperity. Being so strategically located near Miami, but being part of Latin America, every multinational company and small business person that has business in the USA and Latin America will locate there. In 50 years it's likely that Havana will rival Miami as an international business center.

Prosperity will break Castro's Commie heart, but of course he won't live to see it.

JG: Dream on buddy! Your dreams have not come true in the last 56 years. Just because you wish for something to happen, it does not mean it will come true, asshole. Go and buy yourself a pirulí.


The Greek People Say: "We are not Merkel's colony"

Source: BBC

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders chastises Bill and Hillary Clinton for the millions of dollars that their "foundation" is receiving from capitalist billionaires

JG: Bill and Hillary Clinton use public service to enrich themselves. They are typical U.S. politicians.

Here is what ABC reported today:

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, said he is concerned by the millions of dollars flowing into the Clinton Foundation at a time when he thinks money plays too strong a role in politics.
“It tells me what is a very serious problem,” Sanders said in an interview with ABC News’ Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl. “It's not just about Hillary Clinto or Bill Clinton. It is about a political system today that is dominated by big money. It's about the Koch brothers being prepared to spend $900 million dollars in the coming election.

“So do I have concerns about the Clinton Foundation and that money? I do,” he added. “But I am concerned about Sheldonj Adelson and his billions. I’m concerned about the Koch Brothers and their billions. We're looking at a system where our democracy is being owned by a handful of billionaires.”

Sanders said that “anybody now who is running for office, with few exceptions,” is part of that system.

“I am one of the exceptions," he said. "I am not going to start a super PAC. I’m not going to go around the country talking to millionaires. Now I'm saving my time because they wouldn't give me any money anyhow and that's fine.”

Source:
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/senator-bernie-sanders-calls-hillary-clinton-foundation-money/story?id=30687863

JG: Politicians in the U.S. today have become nothing but money whores.



Is Syriza abandoning the Greek people?

I do not have the answer to that question, but it appears to me that the new politicians of Syriza are beginning to resemble the typical "regular" Greek politicians of the past, who are only interested in becoming rich.

You can not serve two masters at the same time. Serve the people or serve corrupt capitalism. The choice is very obvious.

Bernie says ...

“The middle class in America is at a tipping point. It will not last another generation if we don’t boldly change course now,” Sanders will write in an email to supporters officially announcing a bid, according to excerpts provided by his campaign team.

In the email Sanders calls for a “grassroots movement” to stand up to corporate interests and billionaires, hitting familiar targets of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which gave rise to super PACs. He also speaks about the need to address global warming, “the central challenge of our time.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/04/bernie-sanders-progressives-hillary-clinton-117511.html#ixzz3YneFRIUS

Bernie Sanders 2016? Senator To Announce Bid For Democratic Nomination

Miami fascists are desperate & are trying to block new air flights & cruise ship travel to Cuba

Smash the USA fascists

Destroy American Fascism
Smash the GOP

Associated Press

April 28, 2015 | 2:06 p.m. EDT

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans unveiled legislation on Tuesday to sharply curb the Obama administration's recent moves to ease restrictions on travel to Cuba.

The provision by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Cuban-American from Florida, would block new flights and cruise ship travel to Cuba. The provision was attached to a must-pass transportation spending bill that the House will consider next month.

Diaz-Balart's move comes in response to new rules issued by the administration in January that would significantly ease travel restrictions to Cuba and permit regularly scheduled flights for the first time, the result of a rapprochement after a half century of Cold War animosity.


IMAGINE! A baseball game with no fans in attendance


This is what the Orioles-White Sox game with zero attendance looked like

SB Nation

An MLB game with no fans is a strange, strange experience.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Health Warning: Coming in contact and interacting with a policeman in the U.S. is very dangerous to your health.


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to announce run for president

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

April 28, 2015

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a self- vowed socialist and the longest-serving independent in congressional history, plans to announce Thursday a long-shot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

His decision would make him the first announced challenger to the party’s 2016 front-runner, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

(Source: Los Angeles Times)

Sanders' basic message will be that the middle class in America has been decimated in the past two decades while wealthy people and corporations have flourished. (NPR)

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JG: he would be a much better candidate than Hillary.
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Update:
April 29, 2015, (9:18 p.m.)
Associated Press 


50 minutes ago

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders: 'I am running for president'

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Promising to fight what he deems "obscene levels" of income disparity and a campaign finance system that is a "real disgrace," independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Wednesday he will run for president as a Democrat.

http://news.yahoo.com/vermont-sen-bernie-sanders-am-running-president-000144179--election.html

Baseball Countries that Have Qualified for the 2015 Premier 12 Tournament


Equipos clasificados para el Premier 12

RkFederaciónPuntosContinente
1Japón785.18Asia
2USA766.02Américas
3Cuba662.98Américas
4Taipéi de China605.48Asia
5Holanda433.50Europa
6Rep. Dominicana379.18Américas
7Canadá353.52Américas
8Corea del Sur340.90Asia
9Puerto Rico291.50Américas
10Venezuela269.00Américas
11Italia196.18Europa
12México136.78Américas

Source: Universo Beisbol

Monday, April 27, 2015

Porque Rodrigo Rato es una RATA?

La respuesta nos la da uno de los grandes periodicos de los derechistas de Espana, El Pais.

Este tipo empezo en el Fondo Monetario Internacional, una cabal de judios avariciosos lidereados por Christine Lagarde, que como es natural, es judia.

Pero antes de obtener ese puesto, la rata Rato era ex-vicepresidente del gobierno de Jose Maria Aznar.

Que combinacion tan poderosa, un Azno y una Rata.

LQQD.

Declaracion de Podemos

"No vamos a facilitar un gobierno del Partido Popular." BRAVO! APLAUSO! Probablemente formen parte de un gobierno de coalicion entre el PSOE (Partido Socialista Obrero de Espana) y Podemos. Hay que evitar que el PP (Putas Populares) sigan en el poder.

Los problemas de Grecia: los capitalistas de la Union Europea son PEORES que los capitalistas Norteamericanos

Desde que llegue a Valencia para mis vacaciones, he seguido en la prensa internacional el problema de la nacion Griega. La troika capitalista de la UE quiere seguir exprimiendo al pueblo Griego. QUE TIPOS TAN AZQUEROZOS. Yo me solidarizo con los Griegos. Abajo el capitalismo brutal y avaricioso.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

Libro Recomendado

PODEMOS. OBJETIVO: ASALTAR LOS CIELOS.
Desde dentro, sin filias y sin fobias, el retrato mas transparente del partido que lidera PABLO IGLESIAS.
Jacobo Rivero.
Editorial Planeta
Barcelona.
Primera Edicion: Abril 2015.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Alexis Tsipras needs to show that he has cojones

He should tell the Jew who runs the International Monetary Fund:
"You can fucking go to hell. We will not abandon our pledge and promises to the Greek people."

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Update 20 April 2013

Opinion: ‘Default would be best scenario for Greece’

JG: A very interesting article. The EU bailed out the banks, like it happened in 2008 in the USA. The Greek people are still suffering a huge economic depression.

Capitalists ALWAYS screw the poor.



In 66 hours ...

... the Miami CIA mercenaries were defeated. Their new occupation now: necrophiliacs who are waiting for el caballo to die.

















The next time that a Yankee imperialist/fascist tells you that Cuba doesn't have free elections show him/her this BBC article

19 April 2015

BBC

For the first time in Cuba, two government opponents will be standing on Sunday in municipal elections.

Hildebrando Chaviano is an independent journalist and lawyer, and Yuniel Lopez a member of an outlawed political party, the Independent and Democratic Cuba Party.

The two men are standing for places on local councils in Havana.

Their election would be unprecedented in Cuba's single-party system.

Continue reading at:
www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-32370843

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JG: The only kind of election that Cuba does not have is one where two phony capitalist political-monopoly machines bye for the votes of people who DO NOT HAVE alternative choices. The dictatorship of big money interests always prevails.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Baseball All-Stars Team for Cuba's 54th National Baseball Series


Catcher: Yosvani Alarcón (LTU)

First Base: Yordanis Samón (GRA)

Second Base: Dainier Gálvez (IJV)

Third Base:  Michel Enríquez (IJV)

Short-Stop: Adrián Moreno (GRA)

Outfielders: Urmani Guerra (GRA), Roel Santos (GRA) & Yadiel Hernández (MTZ)

Pitchers: Lázaro Blanco (GRA) & Yoanni Yera (MTZ)

Designated Hitter: Alfredo Despaigne (GRA)

MVP: Alfredo Despaigne (GRA)

Source: Juventud Rebelde


Friday, April 17, 2015

Cuba's love for Obama swells: Bay of Pigs veterans reflect on the 'inconceivable'


A man wears a T-shirt depicting US president Barack Obama in Havana. 
An unauthorised poll puts Obama’s approval rating in Cuba at 80%.
Photograph: AFP/Getty Images 
 
Fifty-four years after the invasion that put US and Cuba’s relationship at rock bottom, Obama’s popularity is even higher than Fidel and Raúl Castro.
 
Link to complete article

Indicted senator's legal defense fund took money from a developer jailed for kickbacks

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey)

  • Apr. 17, 2015, 9:43 AM
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez's legal defense fund raised nearly $1.3 million up until the day before he was indicted on bribery and corruption charges, including $10,000 from a retired New Jersey developer who served two years in prison for making illegal kickbacks.

Menendez's fund also received $10,000 from the wife of the developer, Joseph Barry, and another $130,000 from executives of the development firm founded by Barry's two sons, and their families, according to a review by The Associated Press of financial disclosure forms filed with the IRS and Senate.

(BusinessInsider.com)

Sad News: Frederich Cepeda continues slumping at the Yomiuri Giants

Cepeda, Frederich
Yomiuri Giants

Cepeda, Frederich

5Outfielder
Friday, April 17, 2015
Born: April 8, 1980
Height: 178cm   Weight: 93kg
Bats: Both   Throws: Right

YearTeamGPAABRH2B3BHRTBRBISBCSSHSFBBHPSOGDPAVGSLGOBP
2014Yomiuri52132108112130642180001230384.194.389.333
2015Yomiuri152317100000000006051.000.000.261

Totals67155125122130642180001290435.168.336.323

Handicapping the horses in New Hampshire: Rubio Suit with low numbers, Walker Boring might be a surprise winner.

New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary

Polling Data

PollDateSampleWalkerBushPaulCruzChristieRubioHuckabee
RCP Average3/18 - 4/13--20.315.012.59.58.56.56.06.02.72.01.5Walker +5.3
PPP (D)4/9 - 4/13358 RV2410121488774----Walker +10
NH1/Reach (R)4/8 - 4/91064 LV2317159676722--Walker +6
Boston Herald/FPU3/22 - 3/25429 LV151513910474202Tie
Gravis Marketing3/18 - 3/19683 RV19181061074

Walker horse is getting big money bets from capitalist Koch Brothers.

Doughnut Christie is fading.

Come from behind: OMG! Bush-the-Third!

Harry Reid Handicapping Co says they are all losers.


And in Race #2, the strong filly, Queen Hillary, has 59-1 odds of winning it all.
BJ Monica has been put down.

Source: RCP

Recent Immigrants Say

GOP = The Agenda of Big Money Capitalists

A recent Time cover & article


JG: This particular issue does not offer anything new about Cuba. Only a lot of speculation. I read it at the library and the article did not impress me much.

Aniversario 54

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Has former U.S. Representative Ron Paul, in his old age, become a hater of ethnic Jews and a promoter of gloom & doom?

And before I go any further, let me tell you why I dislike, the Zionist Jews of Israel:

They are engaging in genocide against the Palestinian people. They are stealing their best lands and committing war crimes against them. The leadership of Israel ought to be indicted by the International World Court in Le Hague.

Dr Paul has published one page in Facebook where he names important  and well known ethnic Jews.

He has associated himself with Stanberry and Associates, who makes a lot of money by selling you "gloom and doom"  investment reports which are very similar to the reports issued by Dr. Doom, economist Nouriel Rubini.

It is true that the more U.S. currency that is printed the more worthless the dollar becomes. But that is not the end of the world.

The German Weimar Republic survived their horrible inflation rates. Bolivia and Zimbabwe also survived horrible inflation rates.

When Dr Paul makes a video "predicting" that the U.S. Stock market is going to have a super-crash worse that the ones in 1929 and 2008, he is engaging in scare-mongering. He is also claiming that stocks will lose 50% of their values. More scare-mongering on his part, so that Stanberry can sell more "investment" reports.

The GOP is becoming more and more extreme right-wing.

Has Dr. Paul decided to to the same?

The only area where I agree with Dr. Paul is that the Federal Reserve should be investigated and closely audited.

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Update, Friday 17 April 2015.

John Boehner and Joe Biden are not ethnic Jews. According to Wikipedia they are both Catholics.

It makes me wonder where does Mr. Paul gets his information or if this page was produced by him, or someone else?

A story about the capitalists that want to give you a credit card

Capital One Credit Card Co.

Posted:   LisaMarie69
They are Assholes

Contact information:
United States

They were stupid enough to give me a credit card right after i went through bancruptcy. I paid my bill over the minimum amount every month, and on time everytime.

I then lost my job, and contacted them and told them i wouldn't be able to pay my bill on time.
they charged me late fees, which put me over my limit, so I got charged over limit fees on top of the late fees.

My bill is over 4500.00 now, and almost all of that is the fees.

They took me to court, which I had to go to 4 times. In the end there was a judgement put against me. The whole time I am making payments to them through a credit councelling agency. But they want more than I can pay. I'm paying 80.00 a month, but they want 200.00 a month.

Now they have put a garnishment against my bank account. The problem is, I don't have a bank account. And I have never had an account at the bank they are garnishing.

I have called them at least 50 times through out this whole ordeal. i have spoken to the lawyer who represented them in court, but none of them will listen, and don't have a clue, of what's going on.
But I am the one getting screwed, with all the charges, that they put on my card, because they won't do a damn thing to help me out.

Source:
http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/capital-one-credit-card-co-c333215.html
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JG: BTW, Capital One told me once I did not exist.
Reason:  I do not use credit cards. They are made for the "Suckers who are born every minute."
Warning: capitalists ARE NOT in business to help you out. They are in business to SCREW YOU. A word to the wise. 

What does Hillary have to say about U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren?

Elizabeth Warren

By Hillary Clinton

It was always going to take a special kind of leader to pick up Ted Kennedy’s mantle as senior Senator from Massachusetts—champion of working families and scourge of special interests.

Elizabeth Warren’s journey from janitor’s daughter to Harvard professor, to public watchdog, to U.S. Senator, has been driven by an unflagging determination to level the playing field for hardworking American families like the one she grew up with in Oklahoma. She fights so hard for others to share in the American Dream because she lived it herself.

Tampa city council to consider asking that future U.S.-Cuba diplomatic accord be signed here

TAMPA — The City Council today will discuss volunteering Tampa to be the place where history is made.
The idea is that sooner or later Cuba and the United States will sign a treaty or other document normalizing diplomatic relations after decades of Cold War hostility.
The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce thinks that document should be signed here — ideally at a spot like Ybor City's Cuban Club or Jose Marti Park, which, officially, has remained Cuban soil since its donation to the Republic of Cuba nearly 60 years ago.

(www.tampabay.com)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Russia, Greece, Paid High Price for Victory During World War II - Tsipras

(updated 15:52 11.04.2015) 

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia and Greece paid a high price in the battle against fascism during World War II, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Thursday.

“During the Second World War, our peoples fought together against fascism, which was spreading across Europe,” Tsipras said, addressing the students of Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

On May 9, extensive celebrations are planned in Moscow to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Nazi Germany surrender and the end of World War II.

Earlier in the day, it was announced that Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos will attend the Moscow celebrations. Tsipras has also been invited.

As of April 4, representatives from at least 25 states have accepted invitations to attend the Victory Day events, according to top Kremlin official Sergei Ivanov.

Over 15,000 servicemen from more than 10 countries will march on Moscow's Red Square on May 9, according to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

(sputniknews.com)

COMPAY SEGUNDO (La Musica Tradicional Cubana)

Buena Vista Social Club 'Chan Chan' at Carnegie Hall

My family and I saw the Village People at EPCOT this past Sunday

Village People - YMCA OFFICIAL Music Video 1978



55,762,609 have seen & heard this video at You Tube

Cuba Welcomes Removal From US Terrorism Sponsor List

VOA News
Last updated on: April 15, 2015 9:37 AM

Cuba is praising President Barack Obama's decision to remove the Caribbean island nation from Washington's list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Josefina Vidal, Havana's chief diplomat for U.S. affairs, issued a statement Tuesday welcoming Obama's "fair decision to take Cuba off a list that it never should have been included on."
Obama informed Congress of his decision earlier in the day,  after a State Department review concluded that Cuba "has not provided any support for international terrorism" in the last six months and given the U.S. assurances that it does not intend to in the future. 
Congress has 45 days to overrule the president's decision through a joint resolution, but lawmakers cannot stop it unless both chambers approve a joint resolution, a move that is highly unlikely.

(Voice of America News)

Cuba Journal is on the blue column and I am proud of it


I was born in El Vedado, La Habana, Cuba.
My father was born in Valencia, Spain.
I am headed there for a one week vacation.

Thank you Mr. President!

Peace between Cuba and the United States. It is happening NOW!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

White House: Cuba Is Being Removed From Sponsors Of Terrorism List



Four Days Ago

I predict ...

... that the three GOP right-wing-nuts who have already declared that they are running for POTUS in 2016, (Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz), will end up at the bottom of all the Republican Party primaries in that year.

The fact that Rubio is relying on the votes of Miami Batistianos and Fascists and Florida Tea Party Nazis says much about his personality and his frame of mind.

Marco Rubio will self destruct like Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann did. The American people are not stupid.  

"Marco Rubio is a silly guy with silly arguments" ~ "Rubio is an empty suit" ~ Marco Rubio Flips Out Over Peace With Cuba

Cuban President Raul Castro: Cuba will continue to defend the ideas for which our people have assumed the greatest sacrifices and risks

Raul Castro (on the left)
President of the Council of State and Ministers
Republic of Cuba

Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, thanked the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean for their solidarity, which enabled Cuba to participate on an equal footing in this hemispheric forum, as well as the President of the Republic of Panama for the invitation to attend and the minutes granted for his speech

Link to the Article

I hope that Cuba doesn't become another tourist trap...

... like the Bahamas.

I once visited Freeport. Everything was low quality and expensive. And their casinos were total garbage, like the ones in Las Vegas, Nevada.

I never went back, and they never saw another dollar from my pocket.

Things that Cuba should and should not do:

DON'T

1) Don't import the idea of greed from Yankeeland. There is more to life than money.

2) The ultimate thing in life IS NOT el bizneo.

3) Keep Cuba's Socialism with the pachanga.

DO

Be nice to every visitor, but remind them that Cuba belongs and is owned by Cubans.

And now, here is the English version

What a great gift Great Britain gave to the World.

Listen New York Times, DON'T ACT SILLY!


The esteemed NYT is having an orgasm because someone is wearing a US flag on their tee shirt in Havana.

Next, they will tell you that the spectacle is a coded signal to the Yankee mercenaries in the island to start the overthrow of the despised communist system.

The guys is black. Is he a secret Obama agent?

Relax! Cubans are more sure about their system now!


Monday, April 13, 2015

Tired of f***ing politicians and religious nuts? The antidote is Bill Maher!

HBO Real Time with Bill Maher New Rules of 2015



Bill Maher New Rules | Best of Religion Collection

It's Official!

More Cuba Journal readers read posts about Baseball than posts about politics.

Politics is becoming increasingly BORING! I am the same way. Why read about politicians who usually spend most of their time squabbling and fighting each other with nonsensical stuff?

To me, Baseball is more interesting. It is all about facts and clean entertainment.

Politicians are very far from that.  

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Welcome Back to the USA, Havana Club!

Accept No Substitutes
The REAL Havana Club has a green 
Garantia Label
from 
Republica de Cuba
(see below)


Real Cuban Rum

Cubans sound off on détente efforts with the US


JG: The Blockade/Embargo has to be lifted. The USA has to respect Cuba's sovereignty.